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Smart shells inbound
New rounds seek and destroy enemy armour
Capt Andrew Shipton
ANTI-ARMOUR shells are set
to return to the gun-line after
a successful test firing of new
The new top-attack anti-
armour rounds, known as SMArt
155, deploy two sub-munitions
in flight that independently target
and attack heavy or light armoured
vehicles in an area up to 35sqkm.
Once fired, the German-
designed round releases submu-
nitions at heights up to 1500m,
which descend under parachute
and use infrared sensors and radar
to scan for targets.
When a target is located the
sub-munition fires an explosive-
ly formed projectile at the softer
armour on top of the vehicle.
Gunners from 102 'Coral'
Bty assisted in the firing of nine
of the new rounds from M777A2
155mm Howitzers at the Proof and
Experimental Establishment, at
Port Wakefield near Adelaide from
DMO personnel collected data
or barrel pressure, muzzle velocity,
flight trajectory and submunition
The trial also included ammu-
nition inspection and fitment of
electronic time M762A1 fusing.
The data collected will allow
the new rounds to be introduced
into service early next year.
Establishment OC Maj Mike
Hartas said it was one of the more
complex trials the unit had com-
pleted this year.
"The data collection require-
ments and ensuring that all the
questions that needed to be
answered could be answered from
the one trial has meant my staff
have worked hard for a number of
months," he said.
"A trial such as this one needs
to be done right the first time due
to complexity and cost."
Once a fire mission is called
with the SMArt 155, the gun-line
only needs targeting information
and to set the fuse before firing.
Dynamic Trials Officer WO2
Mark Nipperess said the simplic-
ity of the ammunition was its
"SMArt 155 will add to the
capability offered by gunners
through a highly advanced muni-
tion," he said.
"The ammunition is simple
to employ but intelligent enough
to know which targets are not
operational or have been hit
through previous fire missions,
and therefore keep scanning for a
Army December 6, 2012
THE Directorate of Technical Regulation -- Army was
certified as operating a quality management system
meeting industry requirements on September 18.
Directly responsible to the CA, the directorate is
charged with establishing and maintaining a technical
regulatory framework to assure the technical integrity
of ADF land materiel.
Director of Technical Regulation -- Army Col Nick
Stanton said because the directorate imposed proce-
dural disciplines on all organisations with land materiel
management responsibilities it was only fair similar
disciplines were placed on the directorate.
"The framework originated in 2001 and has been
regularly revised and improved in response to feedback
and internal reviews," he said.
"This improvement has been achieved by adhering
to the quality management principles defined in ISO
"Although the principles have long been adhered to,
the directorate has now gone the extra step, seeking and
gaining certification as an organisation compliant with
the international management standard AS/NZS ISO
To achieve this milestone the directorate formalised
and documented its processes, trained personnel in the
new procedures and instigated an internal audit pro-
gram geared towards continual improvement.
For the final check, the directorate got a taste of its
own medicine and for once the auditors were the ones
who were audited.
THE Australian Army Journal (AAJ) is inviting
submissions for a special issue on culture and the
Australian Army to be published in 2013.
The special issue encourages a lively discussion and
debate about the meaning, understanding, representa-
tion, benefits and "problems" of culture in Army.
The journal is seeking contributions from a variety
of people including Army and other Defence members,
academics, public intellectuals, writers, digital artists
and the broader Australian community.
Authors can request to have articles peer reviewed.
All submitted material is subject to a process of assess-
ment and evaluation through the editors.
Themes to be explored can include leadership, eth-
ics, moral courage, traditions and history, race/indig-
enous identity/multiculturalism, nationalism, popular
culture, gender, sexuality, spirituality/religion, capabil-
ity and future development.
Submissions must be made by March 31 next year to
For more information contact Land Warfare Studies Centre deputy
director Lt-Col Nerolie McDonald on (02) 6265 9890 or email
A chance to speak
up about culture
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